The Queen of Attolia (The Queen's Thief #2)
When Eugenides (yoo-JEN-ə-deez), the Thief of Eddis, stole Hamiathes's Gift, the Queen of Attolia lost more than a mythical relic. She lost face. Everyone knew that Eugenides had outwitted and escaped her. To restore her reputation and reassert her power, the Queen of Attolia will go to any length and accept any help that is offered...she will risk her country to execute the perfect revenge.
Eugenides can steal anything. And he taunts the Queen of Attolia, moving through her strongholds seemingly at will. So Attolia waits, secure in the knowledge that the Thief will slip, that he will haunt her palace one too many times.
...at what price?
When Eugenides finds his small mountain country at war with Attolia, he must steal a man, he must steal a queen, he must steal peace. But his greatest triumph, and his greatest loss, comes in capturing something that the Queen of Attolia thought she had sacrificed long ago...
Books for the Teen Age 2001 (NYPL) and Bulletin Blue Ribbon Best of 2000 Award
The Queen of Attolia is told in 3rd person POV, as opposed to Gen’s POV as in the first book. The majority still focuses on Gen, but you’ll read bits and pieces of thoughts from other characters, as well. There is something truly remarkable about these characters because not one of them clings to a stereotype and they are all so completely unique and likeable (or at least, realistic, if not likeable).
This book is fun and exciting and completely unique in a way very few books are. Whereas the last book was focused on a single quest, this book broadens to focus on a war between neighboring nations and how Gen almost single handedly guides the war in his favor. It is truly incredible, learning more about Gen and how frighteningly clever he is, even as he deals with loss, pain, and humiliation. Eugenides is still very human which is what makes him and his story so captivating.
I recommend this for: everyone, though it’s probably better to read the first book in the series first, The Thief.
When Eugenides, the Thief of Eddis, discovers that his country is at war with Attolia, he must steal a man, he must steal a Queen, he must steal peace. Eugenides discovers that his greatest triumph - and his greatest loss - comes in capturing something the Queen of Attolia thought she had lost long ago... Â© 2000, Megan Whalen Turner
This second volume of the Queen's Thief series inserts its hook in the reader within the first few pages and does not let go until you've reached the end of this amazingly well written tale about the Queen of Attolia and the talented thief who can steal anything he wishes. The shades of romance entertwined with the non-stop action and page-turning adventure make Mrs. Turner's novel into an unforgettable fantasy for young and old alike.
While many series books become too dependent on the volumes which preceeded them, The Queen of Attolia is either a new adventure for someone who has not read the first volume of the series or a beloved addition to the longer saga. The Queen of Attolia entertwines nicely with the first volume and leaves one expecting more, which, natually, follows in volume 3 of The Queen's Thief series. Yet this stand-alone quality is invaluable for leading readers to an author they may never have tried before as well as allowing the reader to choose whether to read a single adventure or the entire series.
Recommended for readers ages 9 to 99 who don't mind a bit of violence in their fantasy.